Whatever the motivation behind deciding to enforce the ban on St. Thomas rental vehicles, if there was one, St. John rental agencies will tell you they couldn’t have handled all that extra business.
That same law limits the number of vehicles they can rent.
And for St. John rental companies, that is the real problem that needs fixing.
“St. John has had a quota of 625 rental vehicles for the past 20 years,” says Lonnie Willis at St. John Rentals. “No St. John car company has been able to expand its fleet and, in spite of a huge growth of villas, we cannot fill rental demand during peak times.”
Ironically, the intent of the quota system was to protect individual island companies, but it actually works against them on St. John, limiting their ability to compete with St. Thomas companies.
“During a busy week, we are talking about 600 to 700 visitors who are renting their vehicles on St. Thomas right now,” says Courtesy Car Rental’s Greg Edward.
“I understand that some people prefer to rent on St. Thomas, but what we are asking for is for the quota to be lifted so we can more fairly compete.”
What do you guys think? You’re the customer.